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Tempe Police School Safety Campaign

*Practical Safety Tips for Parents & Caregivers*

Post Date:07/30/2014 4:29 PM

Community Affairs/PIO

Tempe elementary, middle and high schools are back in session the week of August 4. Tempe Police Officers will be out in full force, doing everything we can to keep children safe.

As part of the Tempe Police Department’s multi-phased Back to School safety campaign over the next several weeks, motorcycle officers will be focusing on vehicle traffic, pedestrian safety, and speeding violations around schools. “Tempe Patrol Officers will be providing a very visible uniformed presence on and around campuses, as we do throughout year” said Police Chief Tom Ryff, “The additional police presence is intended to provide a deterrent to anyone with criminal intent, and is a reminder to slow down, watch for children and drive safe.”  The goal of the campaign is to get parents, students and others in the areas of our schools to remember that it is everyone’s responsibility to ‘Stop & Think.’ Neighbors are our constant partners in fighting crime and helping keep students of all ages safe.

Tempe Police urge everyone in our community to help us protect children by staying alert and calling 9-1-1, or police non-emergency at 480-350-8311 to report suspicious behavior.

Did you know:

  • An average of 3 children age 14 and younger were killed and 469 were injured every day in the United States in motor vehicle crashes during 2011. (NHTSA)
  • Motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for children age 4 and every age 11 through 14. Buckling up is the single most effective way to protect yourself or your children in a crash. (NHTSA).
  • In 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 70,000 were injured in traffic crashes in the United States. On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in traffic crashes.

Key Traffic Safety Points to Remember courtesy of Tempe PD:

  • Pedestrians should cross at marked crosswalks when possible.
  • Pedestrians should stop and look before entering/crossing a road.
  • Pedestrians should walk on a sidewalk, facing traffic when possible.
  • Drivers must yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.
  • Make sure you wear your seat belt EVERY TIME.
  • Children 8-16 years of age must use a seat belt.
  • Children under 8 years old and under 4’9” tall need to be in a child restraint.

Safety Tips for Walking or Biking to and from School courtesy of Tempe PD:

  • Children should be taught age-appropriate personal safety; to be alert and aware of surroundings.
  • Children should never accept a ride from anyone not specifically designated by a parent or caregiver.
  • Children should not allow anyone unknown to them to entice them into close proximity for any reason.
  • Do not wear earphones that hinder the ability to hear a stranger or vehicle approach when walking.
  • Children should travel to and from school in groups, and with adult supervision whenever possible.
  • Walking or riding on a well-traveled neighborhood street allows the greatest visibility.
  • If approached or called out to by a stranger, children should run to a safe place, and tell a trusted adult.
  • Children should be encouraged to report suspicious behavior, or any behavior in which they feel uncomfortable or confused, to a trusted adult caregiver such as a parent, guardian, teacher, nurse or police officer.
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